The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Written by Chris Van Allsburg

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'His disappearance is not the only mystery left behind. What were the stories that went with these drawings? There are some clues...' Who is Harris Burdick? Where did he disappear to? And how was he going to finish his stories?


The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg presents a series of loosely related drawings each accompanied by a title and a caption which the reader may use to make up his or her own story.


A must-have, with a curious set of images to stimulate the imagination of young and old... Every school will want this extraordinary book. The Bookseller Allsburg's soft back and white illustrations have a dream-like quality manipulating light, perspective and texture to create unsettling drawings. The stories mix interiors and exteriors, portraits and landscapes, all full of wonder and mysteries to be solved. Booktrust Every page tantalises, sparks ideas, plays with your mind, intrigues and inspires. The Bookbag Extremely puzzling as well as stimulating ... Certainly an invitation for individual interpretations and expansions in almost any media. The School Librarian An innovative and useful book, especially for using as stimulus for young people's writing. Armadillo Magazine

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, who first won the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji and then won it again for Polar Express.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd March 2011




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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